Surrendering areas to crime meanslimiting the rights of citizens

I’ve had some notes sitting on my desk from comments made by readers and radio-show listeners a short time back about transient dog attacks and takeovers of parks. I’d been waiting…




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Right Wagner states: “I leave it to the reader to do the calculation on how much the change of focus from street crime to transient advocacy costs each year.”

Why wouldn’t a columnist do that calculation himself? Perhaps because he doesn’t like the answer? He quotes Street Crimes Unit arrests (not convictions or costs or benefits to the city, notice) and compares that in general terms to a Homeless Outreach Unit that has prevention as a primary goal.

He seems to think arresting and coercing people is the most effective way to gather “intelligence used to investigate and prosecute larger scale drug and theft operations.” But most homeless people are involved in petty crimes and assaults that typically involve their own community and commanded a disproportionate amount of police resources under the old head bashing/tent slashing regime.

If the HOT team did not reduce costs to the city and resulted in an increase in crime, that would be an important story.

If Wagner could produce actual data to support his bashing of poor people and police, shouldn’t he do it? The fact that he relies on this kind of innuendo and sloppy thinking makes his column a joke.

The preceding comment was inadvertently posted under the name of my sister due to an automatic log-in from a computer I used. The preview function did not show the name that would appear, and I did not notice the attribution until posting it.

The opinion expressed is mine alone.

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